I just finished The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson. A thousand pages of epic high fantasy, and it went pretty quickly. Interesting characters, some more compelling than others, and unique magic systems that have a lot of potential. Two characters in particular allow it to scrape a pass on the Bechdel test. Near the end of the book was a revelation so shocking that I would read the sequel right now if it were out yet.
Also, Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened was a big winner in our family this year. Several of us gave it to each other. I laughed and cried, sometimes at the same time. I’m happy to support this artist! (Currently bathroom reading for #2.)
#2 finally got a chance to have some mental space outside of Georgette Heyer rereads! Sure, she’s only up to children’s literature but…
Unfortunately, her first pick was Wednesdays in the Tower. She has literally three shelves double stacked of books she hasn’t read before and she picked this one because she liked Tuesdays at the Castle so much. Wednesdays in the Tower is a lovely HALF of a book that ends exactly on a cliffhanger. The next book doesn’t even have a title yet. So wait to start this one until Thursdays off the Cliff (or whatever she decides to call it) at least gets a release date you can live with.
#2 was also jonesing for some Blossom Culp, which is possibly Richard Peck’s greatest series. #1 was delightful enough to get her the entire set both new and used. It was every bit as enchanting as #2 remembered, perhaps even a bit more as I get more of the adult jokes that probably went over my head when I read and reread these books from the library. The first is The Ghost Belonged to Me, but the first from Blossom’s perspective is Ghosts I Have Been. And for those of you who grew up in the 1980s, it’s interesting thinking about how this generation would read The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp… her going from 1914 to the 1980s would be like us going to the 1950s… an odd thought. Kind of like when you watch Back to the Future.
Finally, we recommend The Book Shopper: A Life in Review by Murray Browne if you like books even half as much as we do.